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Chelsea and Mauricio Pochettino condemn Conor Gallagher abuse over viral social media clip


Chelsea star Conor Gallagher

Chelsea star Conor Gallagher was on the end of heavy abuse as the video went viral (Picture: Getty)

Chelsea have condemned the abuse Conor Gallagher has faced on social media after a video went viral that appeared to show the midfielder ignoring a young mascot.

The footage in question came from before Chelsea’s 2-2 draw with Burnley in the Premier League last weekend, in which Cole Palmer scored both of the home team’s goals at Stamford Bridge.

Gallagher, who has worn the captain’s armband in Reece James’ absence this season, was seen speaking with two of Chelsea’s matchday mascots as the two teams lined up in the tunnel in west London.

But as one of the mascots held out his hand for Gallagher, the England international left the youngster hanging and the short clip immediately began doing the rounds across social media.

In the days that followed, Gallagher’s social media accounts were flooded with comments from online users, with some even accusing the 24-year-old of racism, while others united in defence of Chelsea’s stand-in skipper.

In a statement this afternoon, Chelsea said the level of abuse that Gallagher had received was ‘completely unacceptable’, underlining that the club were ‘proud’ of their diversity and inclusivity.

‘Chelsea Football Club is aware of a video clip circulating on social media from Saturday’s fixture against Burnley, which has been taken considerably out of context,’ the statement read.

Gallagher left the Chelsea mascot hanging in the viral video (Picture: Viaplay)

‘The subsequent level of abuse and defamatory comments directed towards Conor Gallagher is completely unacceptable.’

‘We are proud to be a diverse, inclusive club where people from all cultures, communities and identities feel welcome.’

Gallagher played 62 minutes of Chelsea’s draw with Burnley, with Mauricio Pochettino bringing on Noni Madueke as the hosts were chasing an equaliser.

Pochettino’s side face Manchester United tomorrow evening (Picture: Getty)

At his press conference this afternoon, Chelsea boss Mauricio Pochettino followed suit, defending Gallagher’s character while saying he had been ‘upset’ by the abuse he had seen.

‘That has upset me so much because no-one wants to do something like this, with this intention,’ Pochettino told reporters.

‘He was so well, there are so many videos and photography and pictures showing Conor being really well with both mascots. And then.. when you play football, and you are there, and you are focusing on too many things, you’re focusing to play and to start the game.

‘Look, that sometimes can happen. But I think people want to abuse people, people always try to find things to create a mess and to abuse the people that, if you know them, I know Conor, I know the people that are involved here in Chelsea.

Chelsea are languishing down in 12th place in the Premier League table (Picture: Getty)

The Argentine added: ‘I can talk for the people that I know and, come on, there is never that intention. Conor is a great, great kid and always is caring about everything.

‘I hate when people feel free to abuse on social …read more

Source:: Metro

      

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